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« on: April 04, 2016, 10:00 »
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251 Park Ave. South
7th floor
New York, NY 10010
P: 360-961-6149

Send them a postcard folks ...  8)

I guess Soho wasn't posh enough for their super "hard" work.  ::)

Jan 20th 2015
...and has relocated to 30,000 square feet of swanky new office space in Manhattans posh SoHo neighborhood....
http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/20/pond5-issues-80000-free-media-assets-with-the-launch-of-its-public-domain-project/
« Last Edit: April 04, 2016, 10:26 by KnowYourOnions »


Shelma1

« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2016, 10:35 »
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I wouldn't really call the flatiron district "swanky..."

« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2016, 10:42 »
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I wouldn't really call the flatiron district "swanky..."


Well, that's really Gramercy and Park Ave. Manhattan.

Here goes the office plan ...
http://www.feilorg.com/images/floorplans/251Park_Floor_7.pdf

Shelma1

« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2016, 11:03 »
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I look at that and see a very sad office space, with everyone sitting right next to and across from each other at long tables with nothing separating them but the computers they're working at. I don't see an office for anyone, just conference rooms on the outside edges. Much like every ad agency in Manhattan now. All noise, no privacy, long hours, eating lunch at your "desk," which isn't really a desk at all, just a little designated space at one long surface.

Oh, the good old days, when even a junior copywriter like me, working for J Walter Thompson, got a big window office in the Graybar building. Now even department heads sit in open space with everyone else, and the best they can hope for is to be somewhat nearer a window.

Boy, am I old.
« Last Edit: April 04, 2016, 11:05 by Shelma1 »

« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2016, 11:07 »
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I look at that and see a very sad office space, with everyone sitting right next to and across from each other at long tables with nothing separating them but the computers they're working at. I don't see an office for anyone, just conference rooms on the outside edges. Much like every ad agency in Manhattan now. All noise, no privacy, long hours, eating lunch at your "desk," which isn't really a desk at all, just little designated space at one long surface.

Oh, the gold old days, when even a junior copywriter like me, working for J Walter Thompson, got a big window office in the Graybar building. Now even department heads sit in open space with everyone else, and the best they can hope for is to be somewhat nearer a window.

Boy, am I old.
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Address is swanky, the floor plan horrid, I agree. BUT it's time to WORK not to play around!

Although, looking at RSF numbers....they've got from 30,000 to 7,663 !!! More than 4 times less space???
Is this a crisis of some kind????
« Last Edit: April 04, 2016, 11:36 by KnowYourOnions »

« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2016, 04:32 »
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http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/google-vp-torrence-boone-joins-pond5-board-as-company-becomes-the-first-royalty-free-marketplace-to-surpass-5-million-videos-300248160.html

PR PR PR  ::)

"In addition, Pond5 is pleased to announce the opening of a new NYC headquarters. Located in the heart of the Flatiron district, the office is designed to not only inspire employees, but also facilitate creativity. A photographer and videographer's dream, the space has been outfitted with:

- A soundproof production room that includes separate editing bays.
- A mix of personal and group workspaces with whiteboard, idea paint, and cork walls to allow for collective brainstorming and storyboarding.
- Video screens that dynamically showcase the work of Pond5 customers and artists throughout the space."

*Where is all that here? http://www.feilorg.com/images/floorplans/251Park_Floor_7.pdf

Shelma1

« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2016, 05:08 »
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The soundproof production room is probably a dark interior office space with cubicles, which are the "editing bays." The mix of personal and group spaces are the long desks everyone sits at ("personal") and the small conference rooms on the periphery ("group"). The whiteboards and cork walls are most likely in the conference rooms. Pretty standard office stuff. Then they have some TV monitors mounted here and there with a loop of videos running.

It's the copywriter's job to make that sound Fabulous with a capital F. I'll tell you our amazing new cat litter has super effective "odor destroyers" that will transform your life, and the R&D guy will tell you they sprayed the clay with lots of perfume. (True story.)

« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2016, 05:24 »
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The soundproof production room is probably a dark interior office space with cubicles, which are the "editing bays." The mix of personal and group spaces are the long desks everyone sits at ("personal") and the small conference rooms on the periphery ("group"). The whiteboards and cork walls are most likely in the conference rooms. Pretty standard office stuff. Then they have some TV monitors mounted here and there with a loop of videos running.

It's the copywriter's job to make that sound Fabulous with a capital F. I'll tell you our amazing new cat litter has super effective "odor destroyers" that will transform your life, and the R&D guy will tell you they sprayed the clay with lots of perfume. (True story.)


Ha ha...well said! Is there anyone out there who actually buys into PR bs anymore?

p.s. This is a jolly good read for anyone having any illusions on startups these days...
http://fortune.com/disrupted-excerpt-hubspot-startup-dan-lyons/

« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2016, 06:43 »
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When my company moved a couple years ago into the heart of the city and a trendy renovation, I went from spacious quarters, to having five linear feet of space on which I somehow cram three computer screens and a television. The funny part is the old sprawling space was very conducive to collaboration, whereas the new space makes it very difficult, despite designers claims otherwise.

Shelma1

« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2016, 06:54 »
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It's all about $aving money and making profit$ for the guys at the top. Cram as many people as possible into as small a space as possible to save on rent and furniture, then tell disgruntled employees it's good for "collaboration" because now you can hear and see absolutely everything everyone does.

There have been studies that show conclusively that the new open space approach substantially reduces employee productivity. The answer to that is to convince employees that working long hours is the way to do breakthrough work and get ahead, so you manage to get the same amount of productivity out of them in 60 hours as you used to get in 40. Offer them free coffee and pizza Fridays, which barely cost you anything but will make them feel grateful, and give them a kitchen space so they'll work right through lunch. Add a yoga room so they never leave the building. Taa-daaa!

ShadySue

« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2016, 07:17 »
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p.s. This is a jolly good read for anyone having any illusions on startups these days...
http://fortune.com/disrupted-excerpt-hubspot-startup-dan-lyons/

A brilliant read. Reminded me of The Intern, but much more extreme.
Tx for the link.

Shelma1

« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2016, 07:44 »
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Excellent article. Apparently the tech industry has caught on to what the ad industry has been doing for decades. Hiring kids just out of college, having them work long hours, shared space, fun games and toys, drinks, food, small kitchens, etc. ...all that describes advertising to a T.

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« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2016, 08:01 »
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Keep in mind that the floor plan is just a 'serving suggestion' from the agent. For all we know, the entire central space might be one giant ball pit.

wds

« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2016, 08:36 »
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But the most important question:.......What's in the Fridge??  :)

« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2016, 08:48 »
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But the most important question:.......What's in the Fridge??  :)

Freshly squeezed hipster juices from some trendy juice machine and organic everything. Health is important! It's a long way to the IPO.  8)


 

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